New and suffer bad from anxiety/panic attacks

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I do think mine could be health anxiety too. I have requested cbt and just waiting for someone to ring me to have a chat and make my first appointment so hopefully I get the call soon. I was on a medication for a few days but when the doctor checked my obs it turned out that the medication was causing my heart rate to be very low so had to stop it and within a day my heart rate went back to normal so I've literally had nothing apart from vertigo meds for when my dizziness was so bad. Apart from that they only prescribed me strong pain killers. The symptoms just go from one to another. Like I focus on one then once that's been for a while, my mind will then focus on another. At the moment, it's my tight muscle in my leg, heavy arm and the random twitching. It's so frustrating and because it's there, it just makes you think about it all the time. X
 
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Perhaps the reason why you are so tired is because you didn't get adequate sleep before going to work, and because you got up too early before heading for work. Our sleep and work patterns generally work the way they do for a reason... e.g. come in from work, socialise and unwind, bed and quality sleep (your mind and body rejuvenates), get up, wash etc., breakfast and/or drink while relaxing and focusing on your day ahead, head for work, and the cycle starts again...
 
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Hi all, I'm not long on here and came across this post. I wanted to just say that i went through this for such a long time. I often went to the doctor convinced there was something wrong with my head. Was completely convinced the gp was wrong when he said I was okay, to the point he was actually going to send me to have a head scan to put my mind at ease. The same used to happen with other areas of my body too. I always automatically went into panic mode sure there was something serious wrong. Health related anxiety is horrible !! It feels like you have no control over how your mind percieves the tiniest of sensations or pains.
This all got too much after a while, and along with other anxiety related problems it seemed to be taking over everything. I ended up going to cognative behavioural therapy and i can honestly say it changed my life ! I won't say it happened over night but with a bit of work I was able to allow my rational mind to take more control. Anxiety really does suck ! I hope you feel much better soon x
 
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Are you able to describe how this therapy helped you to gain back control :hug:
 
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Sunshine867 that’s a shame that it made ur heart race but surely they could of tried an alternative?
Cbt is amazing and I’m sure it will help you a lot. I’m currently waiting for some at the moment and just can’t wait for it.
Have you got support at home?
You can message me any time. X
 
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Just for anyone that might be interested.
I’m reading a really good book at the moment that was recommended to me by a therapist it’s called The worry cure by Dr Leahy....it’s really good for worriers obviously, I’m only about 20 pages in and feel like I could of written the book myself!
I think reading things like this only makes us feel more “normal” and realise that is is something that happens to a lot of people!
 
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Or to put it another way (but I haven't read the book yet), helps people to understand worry and anxiety are natural phenomena.
 
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Yes
Or to put it another way (but I haven't read the book yet), helps people to understand worry and anxiety are natural phenomena.
, much better way of putting it lol!
 
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Are you able to describe how this therapy helped you to gain back control :hug:
Well to be honest we just started from scratch trying to re program my brain, so instead of an automatic negative response to situations i had to try train myself to push that initial thought aside and not allow it to take over. Therefore you're allowing the more rational thoughts in.....In time it eventually became habit. It does take time but eventually it becomes the norm. Does that make sense at all ?
 
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Just came across this thread, it's so nice to hear that there are people who experience the same as I do and I'm not the only one. My health anxiety takes on many different forms; chest pains I.e tightness quick sharp pains. Feeling sick, dizzy or just not quite myself. I've have also experienced the tingling sensations which can be in my head and face just one side, which then triggers the panic of having a stroke. But the tigling/ numbness can be in my arms legs depending. A common one for me is a pain down my left arm and the feeling of been choked( tightness round my neck and throat area). I've had this for 10 years and in that time I have panicked about having various disease and illnesses at different times such as stroke,heart attack,mouth cancer, breast cancer,brain tumour. All of which I haven't had. I was obsessive in checking myself constantly and googled symptoms this I no longer do. My anxiety is still there ever day and 98% of the time I'm in control of it, but it seems when I'm particularly stressed in work/life etc that's when it sneaks up and trys take control like the past week I've been extremely anxious and unable to regain control of my logical thoughts which know I'm not dying or seriously Ill. CBT thaught me to break the cycle and challenge the thoughts; this mostly works but not always. Every day is a struggle and like I said 98% I'm winning but on those days anxiety wins....my goodness do I wish for the day to be over and the next day be easier.
It's good to read others experiences on here as nobody I know suffers with this, my friends and I joke that I'm a hypochondriac but health anxiety is real and so much more than that.
 
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Welcome, poor thing putting up with this for 10 years. Well we are all suffering with the same /similar symptoms and like you I have convinced myself I’m having strokes etc all the time.
Anxiety is horrible but I think we can all help each other through x
 
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